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"Bricking-up" Sberbank: First step to persecution of Ukrainians of Russian origin?

Author : Bohdan Petrenko

22:43, 14 March 2017
"Bricking-up" Sberbank: First step to persecution of Ukrainians of Russian origin?

Author : Bohdan Petrenko

The state not only loses the monopoly right to violence. It sprays it among numerous armed structures. The problem no longer applies to power officials. The problem is the loss of confidence in the state in general.

22:43, 14 March 2017

Read the original article at 112.ua

Azov

The “bricking-up” of Russian Sberbank is no longer just a transition to a policy of confronting "business on the blood" inside the state.

Even before the war, one of the Russian banks performed services for the Verkhovna Rada salary project.  This was annoying - the financial control of Ukrainian state body by Russian bank. But answering the official request, National Bank of Ukraine surprised us a lot. It turns out that it was not a Russian bank, not its branch, but a separate banking institution on the territory of Ukraine. And in general, based on the NBU answer – there is no branch of the Russian bank in Ukraine that now operates.

It was before the war. Today - one cannot doubt that the Sberbank, Alfa-bank, MTS Company, etc., formally changed their owner and became representatives of "European capital" here.

It leads to the fact that it’s difficult to prove legally that these companies are Russian. As well as the fact that Yanukovych directly gave the order for the shooting of Maidan. It's difficult, especially when the authorities do not want to prove it.

Let's call a spade a spade. We had no formal enemy before that time. The fact that Russia is an aggressor is clearly understandable to the population, as well as who is the owner of Sberbank, but legally – the situation is not so clear. And from this point of view - proceeding from the conflict of logic and formalism, what Azov members did with Sberbank is justified. If the state does not give signals, they will be given by citizens.

But, in addition to the conflict of logic and formalism, there is another question. How will this be perceived by our allies in Europe? Especially when their issue of extending sanctions against Russia becomes more and more debatable. And here - in a country for the sake of which they limit themselves, a banking institution is “bricked up” in broad daylight. And law enforcement bodies do not take measures to stop this offense.

The theory of broken windows indicates that the earlier the broken glass is replaced, the less damage the building experiences. If the power structures of the authorities do not act now (both Sberbank and the ORDLO blockade), then it will be even more difficult for them to do something. The state not only loses the monopoly right to violence. It sprays it among numerous armed structures. The problem no longer applies to power officials. The problem is the loss of confidence in the state in general.

Supporters of war often manipulate the facts, drawing parallels between today's events and events of 70 years ago. But modern war is not the World War II. And if we continue to draw parallels, I want to recall the example of the most democratic country. 110 thousand US citizens of Japanese origin during the war were interned in special settlements - "military migration centers." In another words - concentration camps. I hope that this process - the persecution of Ukrainian citizens of Russian origin – will not start in our country.

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